NEW! Thanks to all that attending our Annual Parent Meeting last night! We appreciate YOU!
REMINDER! Allegros Informational meeting, regarding this year’s musical, “Anything Goes” will be on Tuesday, October 4th at 3pm in the choir room! Clear your schedules for this one folks!
REMINDER! Hope you all had a great time at the Annual Fall Cookout! Great to see you all there!
Here is a link to my photo slideshow! CLICK HERE!
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ORDERS AND $ DUES TODAY (WED)! Last week Wednesday, we kicked off our annual “Enjoy the City” Fall Coupon Book Sale, with proceeds benefiting the MSHS Choir program at large. Students were encouraged, but not required, to take home a sample book, take orders and collect the money for each book up front ($25 per book).
All orders, with money (or the returned book is it cannot be sold) are due on Wednesday, September 28th.
Checks can be make payable to: Mona Shores Choir
There are a ton of coupons in the book and you can easily get your money’s worth…Still, I prefer to think of the $25 as a donation to the Mona Shores Choir and the book is merely our way of saying THANKS for supporting our program.
Below is a very small sampling/example of just a few of the expenses we incur each school year (it is the tip of the iceberg!). The money used to pay these costs comes in part from our two choir fund-raisers (the coupon book and cheesecake sales) as well as from ticket and advertising sales from our wonderful performances. Very few choir expenses are paid with Mona Shores School District funds. We are given approximately $30 per student (for the entire year) at this point to run the entire choir program for this district. We spend nearly that much on our sheet music for the Singing Christmas Tree alone! We (the choir and the Mona Shores Choir Parents Association together) also self-support our Singing Christmas Tree, the Allegros Musical and Pop Go the Sailors productions, including paying the salaries for direction, choreography as well as lighting, sound and set design.
Please support this sale as best you can. The choir earns $12.50 from every book sold and the coupons are really worth the cost of the book!
Sample Budgetary Costs-Mona Shores Choir
Sheet Music for Tree $2,621.96
Pop Go the Sailors Lighting Rental $4,200
Choir Banquet Plaques for Seniors $597.95
Pop Go the Sailors Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,764
Repairing a damaged microphone after Pop $371.61
Music Books for soloists going to solo and ensemble $157.15
Pop Program Printing $1,170.30
Ice Cream Sundae Bar at the choir banquet $1,350
Poster design-Allegros musical -$125
Pop Go the Sailors Sheet Music $1,417.84
Lighting Filters for Allegros lighting $211
Truck Rental Gas to pick-up lighting equipment for Pop $172.64 (each way)
Pop Go the Sailors Sound $4,100 (equipment rental and labor)
Pop Go the Sailors Ticket Printing $313.03
Choir Copy Machine quarterly maintenance agreement fee $510.00
Pop Go the Sailors Poster Printing $112.20
Allegros Musical, Dollar per ticket (for the auditorium upkeep) $1,607
Wireless microphone rental, Musical $700
These expenses alone (only a few among many, many more) total: 23,936.28. In the past we have profited around $3,000 from the sale of these coupon. We tend to average about one book per student…Let’s make that number grow this year! If you love our shows and what choir does for your child, help out if you can!
We do have some pretty cool SALES INCENTIVES in place for students who excel with the sale:
A Free “Enjoy the City Book” For every 5 books sold (cumulative), value $25 (each).
A Free Choir T-shirt for 5 or more books sold (limit one)
Entered in a raffle to win one of two cash prizes ($100, $50) for every 5 books sold
(i.e. if you sell 15 books, you will be entered 3 times)
Thanks for your support!
REMINDER!! PAST DUE NOW!
There are two forms that you should have turned in (choir contract, emergency information record) and they were due, with no loss of points, no later than Tuesday Sept 20th. Beginning LAST WEEK WED, you began losing one point per day per missing item!
There are three additional forms that we would really LOVE to get back as well (and you get points for turning them in too): The ICHAT form (must have this if for anyone volunteering for the choir-must also be accompanied by a copy of the volunteers driver’s license), Choir Volunteer Form and our Singing Christmas Tree Volunteer Form. We also need your Choir Shoe ($30) and/or Dry Cleaning ($10) money by Tuesday, Sept. 22nd. Returning choir members as well as current HS band members do NOT need to purchase shoes–you have them already (unless you want a new pair of course).
If you had difficulty meeting the deadline for the money owed, you were supposed to have have your parent/guardian email me, write me a note or give me a call. We have ways to help you out if needed…no worries!
For more detailed info. (or if you need to print off any of these forms) check out the top of the blog and re-read the Welcome back letter…it will explain everything for you!
Here is the list of people that still need to turn in forms/fees:
(as of Tuesday, 9/26 at 1:45pm. We did NOT update this yesterday)
|Choir||Last Name||First Name||What’s Missing?|
SIGN UP TO “SCARE PEOPLE” LINK: Here is the link for signing up to SCARE PEOPLE (and make $) at the Haunted Hall!
CLICK HERE: Haunted Hall sign-up – 2016
REMINDER! Fund Raiser with money that goes directly into your student choir account!
I am excited to announce that the choir was AGAIN selected this year to be a recipient of funds raised for the “Haunted Hall!”
We have again decided to allow ALL of the funds raised (per family) wll go directly into the student’s individual choir accounts (Scrip Accounts). If you do not have a scrip account and would like to participate in this fundraiser, you will have to set up an account. Scrip will begin on September 8th in the lobby of the school, from 5:15pm-6:30pm, every Thursday. You do not have to participate in the Scrip Program to be a recipient of “Haunted Hall” funds.
This is how the fundraiser will work : A choir student (or family member[s]) work for the Haunted Hall during the construction phase, the “scaring phase” (that’s right, you get to scare people and make money!) and/or during the tear down phase after the event is over. Each hour you work will be logged by former choir parent and MSHS teacher, Shelly Brower (thanks Shelly!). On a side note, during the ‘scaring’ phase, you will need to sign up with Shelly Brower, so they can assure they have enough, as well as not too many, people.
At the conclusion of the event, all funds raised will be divided among the organizations involved that have worked and each organization involved in the fundraiser will be given one check and list of hour worked by each person in the choir, as well as a dollar amount each hour will be worth. Our scrip coordinator, Lynne Diffell, will distribute the amount you/your family personally raised into your scrip account based upon the number of hours that you worked. These monies can be used to offset (or pay entirely for) choir trips, various choir expenses, as well as many other things MS related. See the link below for detailed outline of the scrip program if interested.
There were students from the choir last year that volunteered just for the fun of it, who would have made hundreds of dollars for their scrip account. We are fortunate to have been offered this opportunity. Take advantage of it and you could offset the cost of your trip to NYC, your overseas trip, or other MS related expenses.
UPDATE ON TIMES! They still need people for construction! (Time and a quarter for this!). While they are ahead of normal, they have great ambitions to “ramp it up” this year!
Construction dates until further notice:
Monday & Wednesdays (until further notice): 6-9pm
Saturdays (9am-3pm) and Sundays (10am-3pm) until further notice!
(Depending on how it goes, they may reduce the construction times as they get closer – if they are ahead of schedule; however, you know how this usually goes…lol)
Hold Harmless form needed for all participants!
NEW! Here is a link so you can print a form: CLICK HERE!
Must be high school age or older to volunteer (family members who come may contribute to your hours!)
Wear closed toe shoes!
Wear clothing that can get paint on them.
Bring a water bottle!
If you have a cordless drill and can operate it, bring it! (Wow! These people are considered “skilled labor”!)